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Friday, 09 September 2011 02:00
GP2 Series report and result from Monza - Luca Filippi gave the local fans something to cheer about by setting the pace in this morning's free practice session, the Italian was one tenth to the good over Fabio Leimer, with 2011 champion Romain Grosjean a further two tenths adrift.

Filippi set the pace early on and then improved his times throughout the session: his best lap of 1'32.018 was set at the halfway mark and gave his rivals an untouchable benchmark for the remainder of their track time, despite much of the field improving on their earlier best laps.

The session opened with the sun blazing overhead: Filippi was on the pace immediately, with Julian Leal and Luiz Razia swapping the top spot with him until the Italian really got going. Grosjean, however, seemed lost as he struggled to hold his car on track, the Frenchman was soon in for his team to take a look at the car and find a solution to his woes.

Despite the fast nature of the circuit there was little in the way of problems for the field, apart from Grosjean's waywardness, soon sorted when he returned from the pits, only Johnny Cecotto stopped on track after spinning off at the Parabolica, while Leal spun to a halt at the second chicane late in the session and Michael Herck also stopping there as the clock ran out.

Jules Bianchi was the next man behind the top three, losing third to Grosjean with a minute remaining but staying ahead of Charles Pic, Max Chilton, Alvaro Parente and Giedo van der Garde.

With 12 drivers within a second of the top time, and 24 within 2 seconds, the stage is set for a titanic battle for pole position this afternoon.

Monza Friday free practice results:
Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 1'32.018 14
2 Fabio Leimer Rapax 1'32.128 13
3 Romain Grosjean Dams 1'32.316 14
4 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1'32.496 14
5 Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1'32.611 13
6 Max Chilton Carlin 1'32.700 12
7 Alvaro Parente Carlin 1?32.803 14
8 Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1'32.866 13
9 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1'32.890 13
10 Sam Bird iSport International 1'32.899 12
11 Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1'32.944 13
12 Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1'33.115 15
13 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1'33.127 14
14 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1'33.155 15
15 Pal Varhaug Dams 1'33.346 14
16 Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1'33.393 15
17 Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 1'33.410 13
18 Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 1'33.422 14
19 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1'33.448 16
20 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 1'33.569 13
21 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1'33.588 14
22 Julian Leal Rapax 1'33.628 9
23 Josef Kral Arden International 1'33.756 14
24 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1'33.757 12
25 Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1'34.935 8
26 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1'39.331 2

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